Annual Fund

Donations can be made in any amount, at any time throughout the year, to support the mission of AIChE. Traditionally comprised of unrestricted and designated support, the AIChE Annual Fund* is the cornerstone of AIChE's Foundation and supports a range of programmatic needs, including scholarships and awards; support for students, young professionals, women and underrepresented minority chemical engineers; education and training initiatives; and K-12 outreach.  

The AIChE Annual Fund supports:

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What Do You Think the Annual Fund Should Support?

Another way the Foundation supports sustainable and impactful programs is through Program Funding Requests from AIChE Entities.  Twice a year, the Foundation invites Operating Councils and Board Committees to submit proposals for new and innovative projects that benefit AIChE members and the chemical engineering profession. If you're a qualified member of an Operating Council or Board Committee, you can submit a proposal below or go to

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*The AIChE Foundation Board of Trustees reviews proposals for Institute-wide funding priorities and directs the funds to select activities and programs. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the following is a list of programs supported by the AIChE Foundation’s Annual Fund. See more details of current Annual Fund program categories below.

The World of Chemical Engineering

The Annual Fund supports new initiatives such as the Virtual Local Section (catering to members across the world who may not have a local section nearby), International Student Chapters Travel Grants, and International Student Chapter Project Grants.

Best in Class

The Annual Fund launched the 2007 ScaleUp Program, which subsidizes AIChE membership for undergraduate students, keeping them engaged and dedicated from the start. The fund also allowed AIChE's Society Impact Operating Council (SIOC) to launch a series of K-12 educational events to encourage more young students to consider chemical engineering. Other Best in Class support include grant awards for Engineers Without Borders, Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program, and funding for the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC)scholarship and mentor programs.

Opening Doors for Young Professionals

Through the Annual Fund, the Foundation helped fund the launch of ChEnected, a unique online community created for and by young professional chemical engineers. In addition, led by the Young Professionals Committee, all AIChE student chapters have the opportunity to compete in the Global Undergraduate Video Contest to create a 2-5 minute video of a pre-selected chemical engineering topic. Th3 2015 topic is “How an Oil Refinery Works”.

Grand Challenges & Opportunities

With the help of the Annual Fund, AIChE's Center for Energy Initiatives kicked off Nuclean, a workshop aimed at engaging chemical engineers and related professionals in implementing a plan for a nuclear waste safety. Other initiatives supported by the Annual Fund include the International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS), AIChE's Institute for Sustainability's Credential for Sustainability Professionals, and SBE's BioCatalyst Fund.

Expertise Anytime, Anywhere

The Annual Fund supported the launch of AIChE Academy, which brings a full array of education and training resources to chemical engineers and the companies they work for. These resources include courses, webinars, conference presentations on topics that include water treatment, renewable energy, process safety, and chemical engineering practice. Local sections provide an invaluable resource to chemical engineers across the world, but starting new local sections can be challenging. AIChE's Annual fund is committed to providing support through seed money to fund the creation of new local sections or revive ones that no longer meet AIChE criteria. Finally, the Annual Fund supports W2R2, a series of workshops centered on recruiting and retaining women in the profession, and supporting their re-entry after family leave.